chocolate gift guide local and paleo

Gift Guide 2017: Chocolate

Finding gifts for the holidays can be a tiny bit stressful. So we’re here to help with our co-op gift guides!

In this edition, we’re focusing on chocolate, the perfect last-minute gift that any foodie is bound to appreciate.

chocolate gift guide

Local Chocolate

K’ul Chocolate 

K’ul Chocolate is made right in Minneapolis and has the goal to remind us that chocolate is indeed food. Their tagline is “chocolate that’s good for you.” The cacao for their chocolate is also ethically purchased directly from farmers. K’ul chocolate bars are vegan, gluten-free, soy free and dairy free making them the perfect gift option for the health and socially conscious on your list.

Terroir Chocolate 

Terroir, pronounced tare-whar, is produced in Fergus Falls, Minnesota by a wife and husband duo. The ingredients lists for each Terroir Chocolate bar is short and effective. Standout flavors include the Lavender and Scorpion Pepper with the latter including the Trinidad moruga scorpion pepper.

specialty chocolate gift


Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate 

Behind the beautiful packaging of Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates is an interesting story. The founders of the company actually got their start as furniture and boat builders and had this to say on the company website about the transition, “the time and care required for fitting a mortice or shaping a plank is not unlike the process of hand-crafting chocolate from the bean.” VNF carries two flavors, the Bunches & Bunches Gingersnaps and Brown Butter Nibs and Sea Salt.


Rawmio organic chocolate is another brand that reveals chocolate as a nutrient-rich superfood. Their gourmet raw chocolate bark fuses traditional flavors with new to create amazing flavor combinations.

Hu Chocolate

Hu chocolate bars are Paleo and vegan. They also contain no, gluten, refined sugar, cane sugar, sugar alcohols, dairy, GMOs, emulsifiers or soy lecithin. And you can’t go wrong with flavors like Crunchy Mint or Hazelnut Butter Dark Chocolate.

Tony’s Chocolonely 

This chocolate brand is kind of a staff favorite here. Tony’s Chocolonely is a Dutch company that started out as a crusade to combat slavery in chocolate production.

Right now we have a limited edition chocolate bar that actually turns into a tree shaped ornament. Although we wouldn’t be surprised if it never makes it to that tree.

Hot Chocolate


We have various gift chocolates available at the featured areas at the end of various aisles. Also, we carry smaller chocolates at our registers from Alter Eco and Equal Exchange.

Little Secrets

Little Secrets’ seasonal Gingerbread Cookie flavor sounds absolutely delicious, all though if you gifted any of the other non-seasonal flavors we’re sure there would not be any complaints.

Hot Chocolate 

Part of the magic of this season is having the excuse to stay inside and be cozy. There’s no better way to do this than with a cup of hot cocoa. We have varieties from Cissé Cocoa Co which includes a delicious sounding dark chocolate cinnamon. Also, Cacoco has their original drinking chocolate with 55% rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg and lucuma. Their Global Warrior blend has herbal dark chocolate, turmeric, maca and cardamom, and Midnight Mystic has 80% extra dark chocolate, vanilla and Himalayan salt. Yum.

Bonus: For the chocolate obsessed, consider creating a chocolate basket with all sorts of varieties for them to try. They’ll enjoy getting to expand their palate with a diverse range of varieties.

See our other gift guides for more ideas!




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